The core of Hinduism is based on the belief in one formless, all- pervading God, the Brahman.
That formless God, however, can best be realised by concentrating on various forms of ideal
personalities as recorded in the scriptures, such as Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Rama and Krishna.
These gods and goddesses, including all the village deities, number in millions. They resemble
humans, animals or natural forces such as wind, water, fire, sun and moon; some have multiple arms
to express their domination over all directions of space, and some have multiple heads to indicate
their broad vision. Each has different powers to bless the world, so Hindus may relate to different
gods and goddesses depending on their religious needs, though usually the deity they worship is the
god of their forefathers.
The pilgrims will worship their chosen deities at the Kumbh Mela, but the main focus of the festival
is the spiritual energy radiating from the Ganges and the Holy men.